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Truckers Frustrated with Pass Conditions

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UNION GAP, Wash - Gear Jammer Travel Plaza was filled trucks Thursday.  Drivers were resting, waiting and refueling after a day where White Pass was closed and things were slow moving over Snoqualmie Pass.  Truck drivers say this winter has been costly with a lot of wear and tear on tires and equipment. 

Also the companies in other states receiving shipments from the trucks are not that understanding of the weather the northwest is experiencing right now.

"The receivers don't want to hear you being late.  If you're late it may cost you another day to get unloaded and that will cost you more money," said Daniel Gibson, one of the truck drivers waiting at Gear Jammer.  He was on his way to Little Rock, Arkansas.

Another issue with the slow moving traffic over the mountain passes is the fuel costs.  Drivers say some of the trucks get between two to seven miles to the gallon.  The more they idle the more fuel they are burning.

With more mountain snow predicted this week, it doesn't look like drivers will be feeling much better anytime soon.


 


 

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